Applications to join iGEM Public Policy and Bioethics Team

Applications are open to join the UW Public Policy and Bioethics Team for iGEM 2019: International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition!

iGEM is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancing and promoting the field of synthetic biology, an interdisciplinary branch combining engineering and biology to address research, engineering, and medical issues. Every year, iGEM holds an competition where teams from all over the world developing synthetic biology projects that can have a positive impact on their community and environment.


The UW iGEM team is looking for qualified and motivated undergraduates who want to get involved and gain experience in public policy and bioethics. The UW iGEM is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology. It encompasses education, an international competition, the development of an open community, and the collaboration of university students.

They are currently looking looking for first-year through third-year students who have experience within Bioethics, Public Policy, Bioengineering, English, research or any other relevant majors/activities. Duties includes communicating with stakeholders, receiving experience writing public policy initiatives, analyzing government bills, and presenting our findings to our community. Consequently, with changing international and domestic policies in synthetic biology, you will receive first-hand exposure to the obstacles and the ambiguity of the current legislation encompassing synthetic biology, while establishing innovative solutions.

If you are interested and want to know more about the positions available, please email your resume to Goda Lajauskaite, iGEM Integrated Human Practices Lead, at


  • You should be able to commit anywhere from 5-10 hours a week, reside in Seattle during the summer, and be able to work on the project until October 28, 2019.
  • Deadline to apply: May 31, 2019
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New Pre-Law Seminar, Autumn 2019 – Limited Seats Still Available!

Interested in the idea of law school, but not sure if it’s the right choice for you? Have you decided to apply to law school, but concerned about putting together a competitive application?

If either of these apply to you, consider registering for the 1-Credit Pre-Law Seminar this fall!

Whether you’re exploring the idea of law school or are already preparing to apply or are ready to take the LSAT, this seminar is designed to give you a head start through the transition from interested undergrad to successful law student. Over the course of the quarter, students in this seminar will discuss the costs and benefits of a legal career, develop skills that will make you an strong applicant and law students, and explore the potential career paths you could take with a JD.

Course Details:

  • Pre-Law Seminar
  • GENST 297 (Section V)
  • Wednesdays, 2:30pm-3:20pm
  • MGH 284
  • 1 credit

If you have any questions about the course, please email the instructor, Dawn Cheung at

Seats are still available – but space is extremely limited!

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JSIS/GWSS Autumn 2019 Class: Money, Love, and Marriage in Europe and America.

We here in the Advising Office are already getting excited about the courses we’ll be offering this fall in Autumn Quarter. We previewed a few of our new Autumn 2019 classes yesterday, and there will be plenty Sociology classes to fill out your schedule!

That being said, there are many other departments that occasionally offer courses that would add an unexpected, creative, or insightful perspective to your sociological education. The Jackson School of International Studies and the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department are 2 such departments – and this fall, they’re teaming up to offer a course together: Money, Love, and Marriage in Europe and America.

If you interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to economic, historical, and cultural variations in the nature of marriage, this course might just be a good choice for you!

Course Details

  • Money, Love, and Marriage in Europe and America
  • Prof. Nektaria Klapaki
  • JSISB312/JSISA494/GWSS390
  • 5 Credits
  • T-Th 9:30am-11:20am

See the flyer below for more information.

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Sociology Department – Autumn Quarter Course Preview

Yes, it’s still Spring quarter. Yes, we still have literally all of Summer quarter to come. That being said, we in Advising think it’s never too early to start preparing for future quarters – especially because registration for Autumn 2019 has already begun!

Every quarter, the Sociology Department mixes our standard required courses with a variety of other fascinating classes, including topics like Data & Society, Social Problems, and US Health Disparities. In addition, your intrepid SOC faculty work on creating new courses to meet your interests and to push what we think about in this department!

Here’s a few new (and newish) classes we’ll be offering this fall (please see the Time Schedule for full offerings):

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It’s time for Week 7!

Good morning, SOC majors! Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing weekend – which stayed surprisingly sunny! Make sure you get some fresh air this week – it’s especially important to get outside and relax as Spring quarter gets more an more chaotic!

As always, here’s a few things we wanted to highlight for this week:

AKD Applications – Due Today! This is a gentle reminder that if you’re applying to join AKD and have NOT turned in your application yet, make sure to bring them by the Advising Office (Savery 203) or mail them to us no later than 5:00pm today.

Amazon Catalyst Information Session. We’ve posted about the Amazon Catalyst grant program before – it’s a chance to win up to $10K to launch your next big idea! Tomorrow, CoMotion will be hosting an info session tomorrow evening, 5:00pm-6:00pm in HUB 250. Make sure to register in advance – snacks will be provided.

Career Coaching with Caitlin Goldbaum. Caitlin’s got a busy week, hosting three separate small group coaching sessions! Tomorrow is How to Rock an Interview (3:30pm-4:15pm, Savery 305), Wednesday is Finding Work that You Love (3:30pm-4:15pm, Art Building 120), and Thursday will be Translating Your Strengths in the Social Sciences (3:30pm-4:15pm, Savery 409). Don’t miss these great chances to improve your chances at landing your dream job!

Graduation Information. Registration for the 2019 Sociology Department Graduation Celebration is live! Make sure you fill out the registration survey no later than 26 May! Visit the website for more information on the Sociology Department Graduation Celebration.

And, of course, if you ever need us, we in the Advising Office are always here to help!

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UW Population Health Initiative & International Internships – Deadline 13 May

Through a partnership with UW’s Population Health initiative, Aga Khan University is making several international internships available to UW students. 

Applications for 5 internships that start in autumn are being accepted until Monday, 13 May. Here are the positions available for UW students:

  1. Communications Intern – Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health – Nairobi Kenya (Targeting communications students)
  2. IT Security Analyst Intern – Serena Hotels – Nairobi Kenya (targeting information technology students)
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation Intern – Aga Khan Foundation – Pemba Mozambique (targeting public health, epidemiology, social science, economics, statistics students)
  4. Digital Journalism and Multimedia Production Intern – Graduate School of Media and Communications – Nairobi Kenya (targeting digital journalism students)
  5. Research Intern – Department of Medicine – Nairobi Kenya (specifically targeting UW students, preferably in fields such as public health, global health, epidemiology, social sciences, economics, statistics, and demography.  The intern will work with UW professor Michael Chung.)

Selected interns will receive monthly living stipend, shared accommodation (furnished apartments) and reimbursement of pre-arrival medical check-ups and internship visa cost. Please note that the selected intern will be responsible for purchasing their return ticket, travel and health insurance. 

Application period: Until May 13 (apply to AKU here)
Interview dates: Late May
Final intern selection: Early June (if selected you must follow the UW’s Student International Travel Policy)
Placement start date: September 16 2019 (*subject to internship pass approval)

Click here to learn more about these opportunities. 

Please note this additional information from the UW Study Abroad Office & the Office of Global Affairs:

UW students selected for these positions must remain enrolled at UW for the duration of their internship.

Degree-seeking students participating in a University of Washington internship program are subject to the UW’s Student International Travel Policy.  If selected for one of the Aga Khan positions, students must complete all UW pre-departure requirements including, but not limited to:

1.       Register international travel with the Office of Global Affairs

2.       Purchase the UW Student Abroad Insurance for the duration of the internship

3.       Request and receive approval for a travel waiver for high-risk destinations

The University is committed to offering a diverse set of international opportunities for students. However, the University reserves the right to cancel or alter, at any time, any international program, internship or activity when, based on a review of the relevant information and resources, it is determined that there is undue risk to the health and safety of students in a particular destination.

If accepted into this internship you must maintain your status as a student at the University of Washington for the duration of your placement by enrolling in Independent Learning through UW Study Abroad. The fee for Independent Learning is $350 per quarter which includes registration for up to 12 credits.

Questions about the specifics of individual internships should be directed to the AKU Programme Coordinator at

Questions about UW policies and procedures related to international internships should be directed to

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GWSS Courses this Summer

The Sociology Department always offers a great variety of summer classes, many of which can’t be offered as frequently during the academic year. But, with limited seats and high student interest, many of our classes fill up. When that happens, it’s a great idea to look at other departments whose courses have a significant overlap with sociology.

One of those departments is the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department (“GWSS”)

GWSS takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand how issues related to gender and sexuality relate to patterns of social life and other forms of social difference. The work GWSS scholars do and the courses the Department offers can offer a valuable contribution to SOC majors who have an interest in gender, sexuality, inequality, and intersectionality.

If you’re still looking for courses to take this summer, there are a number of fascinating GWSS courses that still have space in them! Here’s what they’re offering this summer.

GWSS 200: Intro to Women Studies, (5) I&S,DIV Fabian Romero

Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, Asia, Latin America. 

SLN 11475, MW 3:30-5:40, Full Term

GWSS 255 Masculinities (5) I&S, DIV Saad Khan

What does it mean to be a man?  What is men’s relationship with power structures such as patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism? This course will attempt to answer these questions by exploring aspects of men and masculinity through the theoretical lenses of intersectionality, queer, transgender, transnational and decolonial studies.  Students will read essays, engage with different genres of writing and study various media texts (movies, music videos and tv shows), and will be encouraged to be critically self-reflexive about aspects of position, power and privilege in the U.S. and beyond. Students will also figure out what non-toxic and non-threatening expressions of masculinity may look like. The course will explore the importance of talking about masculinities, in relation to gender, women and sexuality studies, so that one can productively engage with feminist discussions and actions for positive social changes in the world we live in.

SLN 11749, MW 10:50-1:00, Full Term

GWSS 333/JSIS B 333: Gender and Globalization, (5) I&S, DIV Akansksha Misra

Netflix, Gap Jeans, US Economy, Pride Parades and so much more. Globalization means all of this to us and yet is a term that escapes easy definition. Is it a recent phenomena? What is the role of the internet and social media in connecting the globe? Is it good that my food comes from another country? While all of these are important questions, in this class we will focus more on the effects of globalization in our lives. Our lens will be gender and sexuality and we will focus on specific areas that globalization touches like international human rights, popular culture/media, education, sex trafficking, politics, and social movements. By using gender and sexuality as our lens, we will try to understand how globalization impacts social relations and the ways people see themselves and live their lives. We will try to focus on lived experiences and draw on contemporary media sources, news, and tv/movie/music to make sense of the world and our lives in it and how systems of inequality thrive but are constantly challenged as well. The only requirement is curiosity, interest in understanding cultures, and the desire to imagine a better world for all!

SLN 11752, TTh 3:30-5:40, Full Term

GWSS 374: Transgender Studies (5), I&S, DIV Mediha Sorma,

This course offers a selective introduction to transgender studies as an emerging field of inquiry and ‘transgender’ both as a gender identity category and as an analytic. The main objective of this class is to complicate the definitions of sex and gender by blurring the pre-scripted distinctions between “woman” and “man”. We will engage with movies, videos, ethnographic work, autobiographical writing to expose and challenge binary understanding of gender.  Trans identity will be complicated with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, and location, which entails an intersectional and decolonial lens. Some of the questions we will be elaborating on are: How did ‘trans’ emerge as a historical subject? What is the impact of medicine on the construction of trans identity? Why did transgender studies emerged as a field of inquiry while Queer studies was supposed to address the issues related to LGBTQ community as an umbrella field? In what ways does it make an intervention to feminism and queer theory? What are the limitations and benefits of ‘trans’ as an umbrella category for gender-nonconforming people?

SLN 11756, TTh 10:50-1:00, Full Term

GWSS 390: LGBTQ+ Politics in Global Perspective (5), I&S Cricket Keating, online/hybrid Course!

Worldwide movements for LGBTQ+ rights, justice, and inclusion have had much success over the past twenty years, as well as many challenges. On the one hand, in many high-profile and often violent cases, states have mobilized, consolidated, and/or fomented homophobia to further particular ends, whether it be to consolidate national identity, to quash or to build opposition, and/or to legitimate the centralization of authority. On the other hand, the number of countries in which same-sex acts are illegal is decreasing and an increasing number prohibit employment discrimination, punish hate crimes, and recognize same-sex marriage and adoption. LGBTQ+ activism has also led to path-breaking scientific discoveries for life-saving treatments for people with AIDS.

Globally, LGBTQ+ movement work takes many different forms across multiple institutional and cultural contexts. This course takes up this varied landscape of activism and advocacy. Taking a transnational, intersectional, and interdisciplinary approach, students will analyze various aspects of LGBTQ+ politics including movement histories, geographies, activism, legal struggles, human rights, and intersections with other progressive movements.

SLN 11757, TTh, 10:50-3:20, A-Term

GWSS 464: Queer Desires (5), I&S, DIV Jey Saung

This course sets out to trace a genealogy of the terms “queer” and “to queer” through the fields of feminist and queer studies. We will be examining the ways in which these fields interrogate institutions of power, such as medicine, education, the law and the family, that continue to produce and reinforce stabilized categories of binary gender and sex. Our primary texts will examine “queering” as a framework and an instrument of critique. We will be reading foundational texts in queer theory, such as Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, and Cathy Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Queens” as well as more recent texts such as José Esteban Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia and Dean Spade’s Normal Life. Through these texts, we will develop a foundational understanding of queer theory as well as its application to critique and future-building.

SLN 11759, MW 3:30-5:40, Full Term

GWSS 490: Black Feminist Thought (5), I&S, Bettina Judd online/hybrid course

In order to understand the growing body of scholarship that is black feminist theory, we will analyze the development of US black women’s feminist consciousness from the mid-19th Century to the present through the essays, speeches, and creative work that has named the complex systems of power which affects the lives of black women on the primary intersections of race, gender, and class.  We will examine closely the important contributions of black feminist thought to the fields of African American and Africana Studies and Women and Gender Studies through concepts by Black Feminist Scholars such as intersectionality. 

SLN 11761, MW 10:50-3:20, B-Term

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